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SUNY-wide standards for violators of COVID-19 safety protocols

 

Dear Genesee Community College Students:

 

This week the State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras announced SUNY-wide standards for violators of COVID-19 safety protocols to strengthen penalties for reckless behavior and non-compliance. The comprehensive policy provides new uniform rules for campus leadership, and is designed to help SUNY’s campuses protect the public health of students, faculty, staff, and community members, and ensure campuses can remain open during the pandemic.

 

Student violators now face immediate academic and housing suspension, as well as possible dismissal, and student organizations in noncompliance face a permanent campus ban.
 
The policy sets a range of allowable sanctions for the infractions listed below. Allowable sanctions include a suspension from academic and/or housing access with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and/or housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution. For the full SUNY policy,click here.

Intentional Violations of COVID-Positive Students: For students who know that they have tested positive for COVID-19 or know they have had close contact to someone who has tested positive or been treated or is symptomatic for COVID-19, and then intentionally expose other students. The available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than one calendar year.
 
Failure to Self-Isolate: For students who fail to self-isolate (because they are COVID-19 positive) as directed by their SUNY campus or the State or local Department of Health. The available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access and housing for no less than one calendar year. A student dismissed or suspended from a SUNY campus for a failure to self-isolate violation shall be ineligible for admission to any other SUNY institution during the pendency of their sanction.
 
Failure to Quarantine: For students who have been directed by the institution or the State or local Department of Health to complete a quarantine (potentially positive because of a close contact with someone who is positive) period, on or off campus, and then engage in any conduct that would violate such quarantine order. The available sanctions shall include a suspension from housing with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution. For non-residential students who fail to quarantine, the available sanctions shall include a suspension from academic access to campus of at least one year with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process) and other sanctions detailed above.
 
Prohibited On-Campus or Off-Campus Gathering (Hosts): For students who host an on-campus or off-campus gathering of any size, whether indoor or outdoor, that violates campus policy and/or exceeds the current limitation published by the SUNY campus, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health. The available sanctions shall include a suspension from housing of at least one year with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and housing suspension of at least one year, or permanent dismissal from the institution. GCC  has determined that gathering at an off campus residence beyond two times the official capacity of that residence, would be unreasonable, therefore in violation of these guidelines.
 
Prohibited On-Campus or Off-Campus Gathering (Attendees): For students who attend a gathering of any size (but not as host), whether indoor or outdoor, that violates campus policy and/or exceeds the current limitation published by the SUNY campus, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health. The available sanctions shall include a suspension from housing (for students who live on campus) with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), for residential or non-residential students a suspension from live attendance with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution. GCC has determined that any amount of individuals present at an off campus residence beyond two times the official capacity of that residence, would be unreasonable, therefore in violation of these guidelines.
 
Violations of Face Mask and Social Distancing Requirements: For students found to have committed repeated and/or intentional violations of face mask/covering or social distancing requirements of the campus, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health. The available sanctions shall include a suspension from academic and/or housing access with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and/or housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution.
 
Contact Tracing: For students who repeatedly fail to comply, whether intentionally or unintentionally (unless it can be shown that the student was genuinely not reached by contact tracers through no failure on their part), with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts conducted by the institution or the State or local Department of Health, the available sanctions shall include a suspension from academic and/or housing access with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and/or housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution.
 
Failure to Comply with Campus Health Protocols: For students who fail to attend at least two scheduled appointments, without sufficient excuse, to obtain diagnostic or surveillance COVID-19 testing under the campus’s published protocol, or for students who fail to submit their daily health screening via the campus’s portal for at least three consecutive days, the college shall undertake disciplinary action to enforce compliance, including interim suspension, or administrative measures to electronically deactivate card access and restrict access to any buildings with the exception of access required to obtain health care services pursuant to campus policy.

This policy is part of SUNY’s three-pronged approach to address the COVID-19 crisis to keep campuses open including: SUNY-wide testing, uniform data transparency, and uniform enforcement.

 

Sincerely,

Patricia E. Chaya

Dean of Student Services  C-219

One College Road

Genesee Community College

Batavia, NY 14020-9704